If spending more time in the wilderness is on your pup's barket list, bring them to Beaver Creek State Park for an unfurgettable outdoor experience! Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians, this woofderful site is one of Ohio's most scenic parks, boasting 2,722 acres of forested lands; access to Little Beaver Creek, a State and National Wild and Scenic River; and a rich history that can be seen in the abandoned canal locks, Gaston's Mill, and Pioneer Village. So pack up your doggo and hop into the car—it's time for an adventure!
Athletic pooches will want to head straight for the trails—Beaver Creek has 11, and most of them are hiking only. For an easy trek, check out Logan's Loop Trail. Starting at the Wildlife Education Center, this half-mile path leads into an upland forest and connects with the longer and slightly more difficult Oak Hill Trail. Be sure to pick up a brochure at the trailhead so you can identify the various trees along the way. If Logan's Loop Trail sounds too easy for Fido, hit the 3.5-mile Vondergreen Trail, which meanders next to the creek for the most part. This trail includes a couple of climbs and will take you and your pup through a forested floodplain and past three canal locks.
Whichever trails you tackle, keep your eyes peeled for the different wildlife species that call the park home. Red foxes, skunks, raccoons, and white-tailed deer are commonly spotted in the area. Be sure to always keep your pooch on a leash and clean up after them! After your hike, rest your legs and refuel with a packed lunch in one of the three picnic areas. If you'd like to extend your adventure, you and Fido can spend the night at the campground on Leslie Road, which contains electric and non-electric sites.
Discover the rugged beauty of northeast Ohio with your canine BFF at Beaver Creek State Park!